Songs »Somebody’s Knockin’

terri gibbs somebody's knockinSomebody's Knockin', the 1981 country crossover hit from Terri Gibbs sounds like a slightly naughty tale of a good girl's fall for a very wicked man in tight blue jeans:

Somebody's knockin', should I let 'em in?
Lord, it's the devil, would you look at him
I've heard about him, but I never dreamed
He'd had blue eyes and blue jeans

He must have tapped my telephone line,
he must have known I'm spendin my time alone
He says we'll have one heavenly night,
my fevers burnin, so he ought to bright a home

Gibbs herself looks the part in her giant glasses; the ideal feathered-haired innocent that might get flushed when a man comes up to talk to her.

Even as I write this I am finding her more and more fascinating, she looks like the women I find in old yearbooks who have nicknames like ” —-“. To answer your question: yes, she was born blind and, I must say, wears some remarkably awesome shades.

And would you look at the follow-up album? The images are not only retro rocking but 'I'm a Lady' is as incredible a title for an album as there ever was and undoubtedly the one I would use if I ever suddenly develop musical talents and record a record. I wonder if it's a jab at anyone who made fun of her looking androgynous, a look she delivers with aplomb on her greatest hits album.

This was the biggest hit she ever recorded, and though she had a few more successes as a popular singer, eventually she went back to Gospel music.

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Posted on March 3, 2008

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